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R. L. Stine

Biography

R. L. Stine

Robert Lawrence Stine was born on October 8, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio. His mother was a home-maker. His father was a shipping clerk in a warehouse. Bob has a younger brother and sister, Bill and Pam. "We were very poor," Bob says. "I had to wear my cousin's old clothes to school. I think it made me very shy. It's one reason I liked staying in my room and writing." When Bob was nine, he found an old typewriter up in the attic. That discovery changed his life. He carried it down to his room and started typing stories and little joke books.

In school, Bob was not a great student. He was always making jokes and interrupting the class. He got mostly B's on his report cards, but he didn't work very hard. He spent most of his time writing stories and drawing comic books. He thought he wanted to be a comic-book artist. But he had no drawing talent whatsoever. He was terrible in Math, and he hated Phys. Ed. The only sport he was ever good at was ping pong.

Bob graduated from Ohio State University in 1965. In college, he was editor of The Sundial, the school humor magazine, for three years. He boasts that he never went to class. He spent all his time writing the magazine. Of course, being at Ohio State turned him into a huge football fan.

Bob headed to New York City to become a writer. He went to work at Scholastic, writing for school magazines. Then he began to write joke books and humor books for kids. He wrote books such as HOW TO BE FUNNY, THE SICK OF BEING SICK BOOK and 101 CREEPY CREATURE JOKES. He created Bananas Magazinea zany humor magazine, which he wrote and edited for ten years. In those days, he wrote under the name Jovial Bob Stine.

Bob married Jane Waldhorn in 1969. Jane became an editor and writer, and they worked together on several books. Later, Jane and her business partner formed their own publishing company, Parachute Press. They helped to create all of R.L.'s most popular book series.

He wrote his first teen horror novel, BLIND DATE. It became an instant best-seller. Many scary teen novels followed, including BEACH HOUSE, THE BABYSITTER and HIT AND RUN. Says Bob: "I told myself, Forget the funny stuff. Kids like to be scared!"

In 1989, he created the Fear Street series. Teenagers were in terror month after month! The series became the best-selling YA series in history, with more than 100 books. Recently, R.L. wrote six new Fear Street titles for St. Martins Press.

Goosebumps began in 1992. The series quickly became a hit around the world, and it made R.L. a worldwide publishing celebrity. The “Goosebumps” TV show was the number one kids' show in America for three years in a row. All of the “Goosebumps” shows can be seen today on Netflix. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Goosebumps. So far, there are over 130 titles in the series --- and it's still going strong. Bob's favorite Goosebumps books? THE HAUNTED MASK --- and all of the books featuring Slappy the evil dummy.

R.L. created several different scary and funny book series. They included The Nightmare RoomMostly Ghostly and Rotten School. He also published two short story collections, “The Nightmare Hour” and “The Haunting Hour”. R.L. continued to bring out new titles. These included IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOREVER, A MIDSUMMERS NIGHTS SCREAM and YOUNG SCROOGE, all published by Macmillan. He revived the teen series Fear Street in 2014. A Fear Street movie is planned for 2018. Dylan Stine, Bob's grandson, was born in 2014. So Bob decided to do his first picture book. It's titled LITTLE SHOP OF MONSTERS. Marc Brown of Arthur fame did the illustrations. Bob and Marc have more picture books in the works. The “Goosebumps” Movie, starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine was released by Sony/Columbia Pictures. Featuring 40 monsters from the Goosebumps books and Slappy, the evil dummy, it quickly became the #1 film in America. A second Goosebumps movie is in the works. Bob continues to turn out Goosebumps books, taking the series into its 25th year.

The new books are called Goosebumps SlappyWorld. In addition, he's working on several new projects, including a series of comic books for Marvel. R.L. Stine's anthology TV series, "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour", recently won an Emmy Award for Best Children's Show in 2013. Original Goosebumps TV shows continue to run on TV on The Hub and Netflix. Many readers of his children's and YA series are now in their 20's and 30's and have been enjoying his adult novels, including RED RAIN, THE SITTER and EYE CANDY. 

Books by R. L. Stine

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

In this latest addition to the Fear Street series, Morgan Marks is the new girl --- and nobody can stop talking about her. She’s popular, smart and beautiful. Everyone wants to be her friend. But her past is veiled in mystery, and no one knows where exactly she came from. Now Shadyside Homecoming is just around the corner. And Morgan’s dark secrets are about to be dug up for all the world to see.

by R. L. Stine - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Poppy Miller swears she will get payback for Jack Sabers’s cruel prank that humiliated her in front of all her friends. Then her classmates start turning up dead. All eyes are on Poppy. Is Poppy being framed? Or did the kids of Shadyside High mess with the wrong girl? In this all-new Fear Street story, only one thing’s for sure --- someone is out for DEADLY revenge.

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain. Two Fear family weddings, decades apart... Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears LIVES ON. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways, and allows dark history to repeat itself.

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

The cheerleading squad at Shadyside has always been strong, but now there are rumors that lack of funds may mean the end of cheerleading at Shadyside. That would be a shame for Heather Wyatt, who has just transferred from her old school, where she was a star, and is eager to join the squad. There’s only one other girl who stands in her way --- rich, spoiled Devra Dalby, who is also trying out for the one open slot. The competition to join the squad is anything but friendly --- and it ends in murder. Will Heather make the squad --- if there's even a squad anymore --- or will she end up dead?

by R. L. Stine - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult 14+

Fear Street is cursed. It’s been that way for hundreds of years. Unspeakable horrors haunt those who’ve walked on its terrifying path. And it all started with one family --- the Fears. Go back to how it all began and discover why the heir to the Fear name attempted to escape the family curse, how a young woman fell victim to the haunted Fear mansion and why marrying into the Fear family means being trapped in a world of death and horror. And how Fear Street became the evil place it is today.

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 12+

Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten and doesn't care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead-and she has killed him. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

by R. L. Stine - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+
In PARTY GAMES, Rachel is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear's exclusive birthday party on Fear Island. When Rachel arrives at the island, a scavenger hunt turns up some horrifying surprises. Soon, Rachel has to fight to survive the deadliest game of all --- the game of murder. In DON'T STAY UP LATE, Lisa is plagued by nightmares and hallucinations after a horrible accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks. Lisa is happy to take a babysitting job to get her mind off of the terrible events of the past. But then her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa's nightmares coming true?
by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Young Adult 12+

Eddie and Emmy are high school sweethearts from the wrong side of the tracks. Looking for an escape from their dreary lives, they embark on an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods with four friends. As Eddie is carving a heart into a tree, he and Emmy discover a bag hidden in the trunk. A bag filled with hundred-dollar bills. The six teens agree to leave the bag where it is until it's safe to use it. But when tragedy strikes Emmy's family, the temptation to skim some money off of the top becomes impossible to fight. There's only one problem. When Emmy returns to the woods, the bag of money is gone, and with it, the trust of six friends with a big secret.

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Young Adult 12+

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems…and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. 

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Youth Fiction

Zach, 16, has just moved from NYC to a creepy small town. He soon realizes his new neighbor, Hannah (also 16), is in danger. When he tries to rescue her, he accidentally unleashes the monsters created and brought to life by her writer father, R.L. Stine.

by R. L. Stine - Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head. But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who --- or what --- she is babysitting.

by R. L. Stine - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Science, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party the game of murder. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems on Fear Island.

by R. L. Stine - Horror

It was a horror movie that turned into real horror --- three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, in a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire's dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor. But when shooting starts the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents --- could history be repeating itself?